Drop Branch Murphy
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- North Georgia/lived in MA until 2009
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I've owned this tree for 5 years. It has never been particularly vigorous for me, even when it resided in frigid MA. Well, the 20 months it has spent in Georgia have not helped its condition. It lost its main branch the summer after the move, and the remaining branches have continued to weaken. It was last re-potted 3 years ago. At the time, I recalled seeing some black "field" soil at the base of the trunk, but was reluctant to remove it as this was the first yamadori I had ever re-potted. Big mistake, I suspect. Anyway, it was re-potted yesterday and all the soil was replaced. I was very aggressive, basically bare rooting the tree and hosing away the black gunk- I figured I had nothing to lose, and the tree actually had a fair amount of new root tips pushing growth. Anyway, fingers crossed. I was told before the move by folks down here to leave the Ponderosas up north, but I wanted to give this one a shot. Success or failure, I'll post it here.